Music Forward is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating real-life skills for youth using music as the bridge to success.

Focusing on young people ages 12-22 in underserved communities, we set the stage for success by providing workshops and showcases to kick-start musical careers; fulfill musical dreams by equipping dedicated young musicians with instruments; and inspire the next generation of music industry leaders with hands-on career exploration.

Music Forward is the evolution of the International House of Blues Foundation, which began in 1993.  While we benefit greatly from our relationship with House of Blues, we are a small, independent nonprofit organization completely reliant upon donations from the public to fulfill our mission.  To learn more about the organization, please view the video below and explore our Programs.


Music Forward has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by the world’s largest source of nonprofit information.